fu·​sil·​lade | \ ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd How to pronounce fusillade (audio) , -ˌlād, ˌfyü-sə-ˈläd, -ˈlād, -zə-\

Definition of fusillade

1a : a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession
b : something that gives the effect of a fusillade a fusillade of rocks and bottles
2 : a spirited outburst especially of criticism

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Examples of fusillade in a Sentence

A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard. responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial

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By contrast, the characters seem like mere megaphones or missiles, and the plot just a Rube Goldberg contraption for moving them into position to deliver the next fusillade. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Log Cabin,’ It’s Gay vs. Trans as the Rainbow Crumbles," 25 June 2018 The Brussels Criminal Court also convicted Sofien Ayari, who was with Mr. Abdeslam at the time of the fusillade and sentenced him to the same 20-year term that prosecutors had sought for both men. Alissa J. Rubin And Milan Schreuer, New York Times, "Paris Attack Suspect Is Convicted for Shooting at Police," 23 Apr. 2018 The fusillade was the latest sign that Yemen’s blood bath is a growing threat to the region. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "Pompeo’s Message to Saudis? Enough Is Enough: Stop Qatar Blockade," 28 Apr. 2018 Armed with the Heller precedent, gun-rights advocates launched a fusillade against state and local weapons regulations, filing more than 1,000 lawsuits seeking to expand access to guns and ammunition. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Accepts First Gun Case in Nearly a Decade," 22 Jan. 2019 Hamas militants responded with a cross-border fusillade that sent Israelis scrambling for air raid shelters. Fox News, "Israeli launches scores of airstrikes as Gaza fire persists," 9 Aug. 2018 Tristesse et pensées pour celles et ceux qui sont tombés à Pittsburgh lors de la fusillade. Alex Ward, Vox, "Foreign leaders are “appalled” at the Pittsburgh shooting," 27 Oct. 2018 Over the centuries, it has been modified, damaged and repaired — but always returned to full working order, even after taking a fusillade from German soldiers in World War II. Marc Santora, New York Times, "One of the World’s Oldest Clocks Stops Ticking, Briefly," 18 Jan. 2018 In a joint statement announcing the agreement, Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the fusillade and indirectly elevated its profile among the factions struggling to rival Hamas’ hold on Gaza. Noga Tarnopolsky, latimes.com, "Palestinian groups, acting alone, announce cease-fire with Israel after latest Gaza violence," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of fusillade

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fusillade

borrowed from French, from fusiller "to shoot with a musket volley" (from fusil fusil entry 2 + -iller, causative prefix, going back to Latin -iculāre, derivative of -iculum, instrumental and diminutive suffix) + -ade -ade

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English Language Learners Definition of fusillade

: a large number of shots that are fired very quickly

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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